24: 10:00PM - 11:00PM
(S07E15) "Because we're fugitives Tony! No one's gonna believe us!" - Jack
Maybe I'm just far too optimistic, but I'd like to think that if Lockheed Martin (or some other major defense contractor) started making a bio-weapon with plans to release it in say, rural Tennessee, we'd know about. Well, not you and me, but someone up high. That's been my biggest gripe with this season and I've mentioned it before - even in the world of 24, far too much is happening that shouldn't be happening. I'm starting to think that maybe next season, Day 8, 24's clock should be punched for good.
With the complaining out of the way, that was one helluva of an hour - one of the best of this season. It went overboard a few times (Carl, the "please don't kill me, I have a pregnant wife" Port Authority cop and Olivia "Sherry Palmer" Taylor both come to mind), but the action sequence at the port made up for every other fault. Any other fans of The Wire get all nostalgic when we saw all those shipping containers?
We finally got to see Jack and Tony team up again (we haven't since early on in the day). Both of them were wired (Jack on pure adrenaline; Tony on whatever wussy espresso drink he was finishing at that cafe at the end of last week's ep) and the entire gun fight was just really well choreographed. Kudos to Jon Cassar's directorial eye on that whole scene - he'll be missed during Day 8.
Lots of big questions to address though, so let's get to 'em:
Is Ethan really gone for good? I'm guessing no. Yes he resigned, but remember, he made a point of telling the President that he'd have a letter on her desk first thing in the morning. That's still about 5 or 6 hours away and there are 9 hours left in the season. I doubt his involvement is over.
Could Olivia be any stupider? No. Definitely not. When is she going to realize that even with Ethan resigning and taking the fall, leaking all this info to the press is still going to be detrimental to her mother? Idiot! Like I mentioned earlier, it's fine that she's morphing into Sherry Palmer Jr., but I always felt like Sherry knew what she was doing and understood the stakes. I don't think Olivia does.
Just what the hell did Jack inhale? And more importantly, why did he inhale? He knew he was hauling a bio-weapon, yet when he heard the distinct sound of gas hissing and saw the hole, he shoved his head in the hole?!? Jack is smarter that that. At least he held his breath when he went inside to disable the leak. That being said, I'm not entirely convinced he actually inhaled the virus (or whatever it is). It looked more to me like that leaky tank was maybe nitrogen, or something similar, being used to cool the rest of the bio-weapon unit.
Now that the weapon is back in Starkwood's hands, it'll be interesting to see if they're finally able to set it off. I'm assuming this is going to end up being fairly similar to the hotel fiasco in season three. And speaking of season three - possible spoiler alert - anyone else catch the preview for next week's episode? Unless my eyes deceived me, it looked like Christina Chang was reprising her S3 role as Dr. Sunny Macer. At least Jack will have her in his corner. Although Larry seems to be on Jack's side again too... which means he flip-flopped. Again. Don't get started on that.